This past weekend was filled with diversions, as my divertingly long-time friend Barbara and I diverted ourselves from stress, worry, and anxiety in lovely New Hampshire.
Here’s one among many diversions I saw, yesterday, in downtown Portsmouth NH:
The diversions of this past weekend were very welcome ones, especially since I can’t really divert myself from the knowledge that I’m having surgery a week from today.
Here’s a welcome diversion, though: most of my fears about next Monday’s surgery have been diverted by:
- my trusted cardiologists, who are never diverted away from great care,
- the non-invasive and low-risk nature of the surgery compared with heart valve surgery, which has been diverting me for about six months,
- diverting my eyes and thoughts in new directions with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy,
- the diversionary tactic of ignoring negative, unhelpful people, and
- diverting my attention towards things I love.
Things I love include music, so here’s one of the best diversions I know: a most diverting tune about somebody desperately seeking diversions.
“Lush Life” — written by the divertingly talented Billy Strayhorn and performed by the divertingly epic combination of singer Johnny Hartman and saxophonist John Coltrane — provides amazing diversions on YouTube.
If you are diverted enough by the diversions in this post to offer diversions of your own in a comment, that would be most pleasantly diverting.
Diverting thanks to Barbara, New Hampshire, Portsmouth, people who live with and support others with chronic medical conditions, cardiologists Dr. Deeb Salem and Dr. Mark Estes, EMDR, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane, all lives lush and non-lush, and you — of course! — for joining my diversions, here and now.